It’s Salsa Time!

Greg stayed up late last night making homemade salsa.  The home grown tomatoes came from ours and well as our neighbor’s gardens.  He added some fresh peaches that we had as well.  I haven’t tried it yet, but I KNOW it is yummy!


Boot Bag

Whenever we go out of town dancing, I either have to pack my boots in my travel bag/suitcase, which takes up room, or carry them in the box and that can be cumbersome.  So I decided to make me a boot bag!  Yes, you can buy boot bags, but I wanted to make my own.  Greg suggested using the pant legs of old jeans as I have done for him to carry his fishing poles in using the pant legs.  This took me about a week as my first idea turned in to another idea, and then I basically went back to the first idea.  What took the longest was fraying.  I wanted to really have the worn look and with fraying (to make it look more even) you have to pull one string at a time to keep from snagging on what has already been frayed.  I added the ribbon to the outside of the pant leg just to make it more feminine.  I am going to play with more ideas to see what else I can come up with.

Ta Da!!




Got a Solution??

Greg saw this in the newspaper today.  We are always looking for solutions to this problem.



The pups have been giving the squirrels fits but they haven’t caught any yet.  Never say never !

I’m Back!!

We lost our internet for TWO weeks – I thought I was going to lose my mind.  What did I do before the internet??  Actually, I kinda liked not being “joined at the hip” to internet.  I still had access via my phone, but I don’t type as fast as I do on a “real” keyboard.  I don’t use my thumbs to type on the phone as I make more mistakes than a beginner typist!  I have to use a stylus to type but I can go pretty fast one handed!

So, the other day I was in the front yard looking at all the weeds that have come up with all this rain we have had (since April 16 – 13.4″!).  I happened to look at the middle of the Sego Palm that was in the front.  Remember this that I posted a while back?



It still looks kinda scary, but it is growing new “prawns”.



They look so delicate while unfurling and then get prickly after they have matured.  Got lots of weeding to do, lawn mowing and weed eating (once the ground dries up about a month from now!).  It’s good to be back!

Bottle Brush

We had these Bottle Brush planted a few years ago and they have made it through some cold weather.  I thought I would lose them a few years ago, but they keep coming back.  I LOVE the deep red, brush color and when the leaves shed for the winter, to me, they smell like cloves.



Alien Invasion

UPDATE!!  I asked a horticulturist that we listen to on the radio every week what this could be and sent a photo.  This is actually a female Sego Palm and the red things are seeds!  Good thing I didn’t try to spray with something!


I was weed eating yesterday and noticed this in the middle of one of my “palms”.  I thought it looked alien like.  Do you know what it is?

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This is the inside of the Sego Palm that I have planted.  I have never seen the middle look like this.  A bigger photo:


The one I have planted in the back looks like this, and normally what I see:


That thing is scary and makes me want to dig it up and burn it before it invades!  smiley-face-scared



We Got Babies Everywhere!

I was looking out my kitchen window as I was drying the dishes, and noticed a female cardinal with a worm in its mouth.  Then it flew in to this antique pie safe that I have on my front porch.  I had to investigate!  I carefully went out the front door as I knew if I made too much noise, then the dogs would be all over and that would not be a good thing.  I looked all over and I have an old crock inside and pulled it out and sure enough, there was a nest with babies in it!  I carefully put it back and soon, mama was back with another worm!


And Then There Were Three!

The last of the cow babies was born this evening and this one is a beaute too!  Very unique markings – dark brown with brown/white speckles on the rear end!  Greg made the comment there will be no issue with telling all of the babies apart.  Not sure yet what sex this one is.  A cutie patootie for sure!




Mama is the all brown one – she was staying close!


Mollie inspecting the new addition
Mollie inspecting the new addition
Being born is tiring - nite nite
Being born is tiring – nite nite

I am Done!

In the front flower bed, that is.  I worked until 8:00 last night putting down the last of the mulch.  I decided to make flower beds within the big flower bed for my Mexican Heather and Dianthus.  A few years ago, I collected sand stone from our road to use for borders in another bed.  I thought this looked pretty cool and made the bed look different.



I wanted to make a border around the Dianthus and found this brick that I had from my parent’s house that was used as a wall for their courtyard.  I didn’t have enough so used some river rock in between.


I still have more to do in the back, but at least the front is done!